Novello Malatesta

Novello Malatesta, (Domenico Novello), born in 1418, Lord of Cesena from 1429 until his death in 1465; brother of Sigismondo Pandolfo M.

Antonio Pisano (known as Pisanello) — Painter and Sculptor, 1395-1455.

He was born in Pisa, worked in Rimini, Venice, Naples, Ferrara and Mantova. Pisanello is considered ‘The Creator’ of the Renaissance medals.


Obverse: Above: DVX · EQVITVM · PRAESTANS and, across the field in two lines MALATESTA · NOVELLVS · CESENAE · DOMINVS. Bust facing left with short curly hair, wearing fur-trimmed dress.

Reverse: OPVS · PISANI · PICTORIS. Scene: Malatesta in full armour, visor closed, kneeling facing right, clasping the feet of a crucifix; on the left, his horse seen from behind, fastened to a leafless tree, rocky rising ground on the right with another leafless tree.


Cast in 1445; may refer to a vow to found the hospital of the Holy Crucifix made at the battle of Montolmo in 1444.

82.7 mm. (Max. Diameter reported: 86 mm.). Bronze cast.
Likely original cast with moderate wear.
Hill 35, Armand I, 6,16; Kress 15.